Messi was dealt the suspension and a fine of 10 000 Swiss francs (around R131 000) by Fifa’s disciplinary panel, and is due to miss three more of Argentina’s remaining four World Cup qualifiers after sitting out Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Bolivia.
“FC Barcelona expresses its surprise and indignation at the decision by the Fifa Disciplinary Committee to suspend Leo Messi following the Fifa World Cup qualifying fixture between
“The club considers the four-match suspension imposed on the Argentine player to be unfair and totally disproportionate.
“Finally, FC Barcelona wishes to reiterate its support for Leo Messi, an exemplary player in terms of conduct, both on and off the pitch.”
The 29-year-old Messi will also miss Argentina’s games away to
The five-times world player of the year will be eligible again for the country’s last World Cup qualifier against
The top four qualify directly for the World Cup in